Writing Goals and Resolutions – August Update

Here we go with August’s update on my writing goals for 2009
, and my general New Year resolutions. Late. Unsuccessful.

Writing Goals

  • Write every day, aiming for a minimum of two pages each day.
    In line with my Write Anything column last week, I’m starting to write in pen and ink rather than on the computer. One advantage of that is two pages is a lot less in terms of words. The disadvantage is I still need to write…
  • Compile an electronic anthology of my best short stories from 2008.
    I’ll revisit these at some point, but for now I’m going to leave it. Consequently, this will be the last mention of this goal.
  • Launch the Chinese Whispers anthology.
    Please visit the Chinese Whisperings site for updates on the anthology. It’s getting closer…
  • Enter six writing contests.
    Still only two. There are a few more competitions I could enter, but right now it’s hit and miss whether I make the deadlines or not.
  • Complete two manuscripts to a publishable standard.
    Four months left in the year. I’m not going to hit two. I may not even hit one.
  • Participate in, and complete, NaNoWriMo 2009.
    After some thought, I have decided I’m not going to participate in NaNo this year. Last year was a struggle, and with the Chinese Whisperings anthology hitting its final stretch in November, I need to spend the time concentrating on that, as it is a sorely neglected project on my part.

New Year Resolutions

  • Read at least one book per month.
    Books read this month – The Devil Within by Stephanie Merritt.
  • Assorted running goals
    My back is beginning to return to pre-accident levels – well, almost. I’d say it’s as bad now as it was before the physio started in April. Hoping to start some gentle running very shortly, see how I take to that, and build up from there.
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